2021 U.S. Olympic Trials: Day 2 Prelims Preview

by Annika Johnson 97

June 14th, 2021 News

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

The women’s 100 back is one of the most highly anticipated races of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. And it’s happening today.

Former World Record holder Regan Smith tops the start lists with the fastest entry time.  Today we will see her response to Kaylee McKeown‘s 57.45 which she posted the other day at the Australian Olympic Trials to break Smith’s World Record. The 100 back field is deep, headed next by 2016 Olympian Olivia Smoliga, Alabama’s Rhyan White, Kathleen Baker and Phoebe Bacon. There is just no telling how fast they will push each other to go.

Notably, Baker is dealing with a foot fracture and its still unclear how much that may affect her in the race. And 6th seed Claire Curzan scratched the event, presumably to rest up for her 100 fly final tonight.

In the men’s 200 free, Andrew Seliskar and Townley Haas are seeded 1-2, separated by .20. This event is always an exciting race, with the 4×200 free relay spots up for grabs.

The 200 free will also be Caeleb Dressels first event of the meet. While he is ranked 11th, that relay spot is still very much a possibility for Dressel. He’ll vie for it alongside Seliskar and Maxime Rooney in heat 7.  400 free champion Kieran Smith tops heat 5. Like Dressel, Ryan Lochte will be kicking of his 2021 Olympic Trials lineup with the race, out in heat two. 4th seed Dean Farris scratched the event.

World Record holder Lilly King steps up to race on the Omaha Trials stage for the first time this meet in the women’s 100 breast. While she is seeded first with a substantial lead, veteran Annie Lazor and 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby may have a tight race here alongside 4th seed Molly Hannis.

Another big race to watch is the men’s 100 back where 2016 Olympian Ryan Murphy will face off with Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas. Olympic veteran Matt Grevers is seeded 3rd.

The final event of the prelims session, the women’s 400 free, will feature defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky. Going into this weekend, Ledecky owed the top 7 fastest 400 meter freestyle times in history, although Australia’s Ariarne Titmus just came within half a second of Ledecky’s World Record in this event. While Ledecky is pretty untouchable on the American stage, her swim in response to Titmus will be exciting. Leah Smith is seeded second by 2 seconds.

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Swimfan
1 month ago

Okay ledecky and smith time to answer to titmus and McKeown!!! ( Smoliga white baker and bacon let’s do this) show the Aussie how it’s done

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

I don’t think they have to answer anything. Qualify for the Olympics and then go to Tokyo and put on a show.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
1 month ago

Agree. Boxall’s group left it all in Adelaide.

Aussie
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
1 month ago

Aussie swimmers worry too much about beating the Americans and that’s their mental problem on the big stage. Americans mainly worry about beating themselves or anyone on their way, no matter the country.

manoj ghimire
1 month ago

Most of the These event AUS looking good. Hope us to do well . worry about smith form . donnot care about her time if she qualify she got another 6 week to found real form

EliteSwim99
1 month ago

Official Caeleb Dressel 200FR prediction thread:

Gregg troy for president 2024
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

Hopefully he makes the A final…

Xman
Reply to  Gregg troy for president 2024
1 month ago

He needs top 16 for prelims man not top 8.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

no no no, he’s saying gregg troy for president dont you understand?

This guy
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

1:45.65

anonymous
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

1:45 mid prelim and then scratch

Margalis Stan
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

1:47.53 to play it safe

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

1:45.8 prelim, 1:44.8 semi –> scratch final

N80m80
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

1:45.7 in finals

Akos
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

Does anyone else think he will go all out in prelims then scratch, just to put his name in there? Sort of like Phelps in the 100 free

hungry-potato
Reply to  Akos
1 month ago

Maybe, but I feel like Dressel doesn’t typically have his swim of the meet on the first event, and peaks towards the middle. I feel like we might see a more rested Dressel later on in the meet.

Akos
Reply to  hungry-potato
1 month ago

Well the 200m free final would be his only event of the night I believe, so if he sees it through maybe we could see something special

Ranch
Reply to  EliteSwim99
1 month ago

Imma be bold. 1:44.99 then scratches

Last edited 1 month ago by Ranch
Ger
1 month ago

I hope Regan Smith can throw down a fast time to ease any doubts. Her butterfly times were ok and didn’t really answer any questions. Today we will know a lot more.

Dave
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

Right after Huske dropped the American record in 100 fly heats, they showed Regan in the ready bench. She was a bundle of nerves- SUPER fidgety. I hope she can handle the pressure. At the ‘19 worlds she was unknown. Now she’s the hunted.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

She had zero speed going out in her 100 fly. Hopefully it’s restricted to that stroke.

VA Steve
1 month ago

Smart move by Curzan–focus on the events where you have the best chance. Going to be a smashing final tonight, and can hardly wait for the 100 Free too.

Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Watch out for Hunter Armstrong the magician!!

PVSFree
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if he went 52 sometime in the next two days, the kid’s been dropping crazy time and his short course times seem to convert to long course

Rafael
1 month ago

Off-topic
Gbr dropped their women 4×200 free relay

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Australians got them shook.

Troyy
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Where’d you see that?

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Saw that. Seems like a measured decision considering those swimming the relay will have other events in the same session.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

fair. hard to see anyone cracking top 4 aside from aus, usa, can, chn

Jamie5678
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

Germany should be decent. France perhaps. But yes – it’s very difficult to see beyond those 4. Looks like Abbie Wood will swim the heats of the sprint relay. Was kind of hoping she might have a crack at the 400IM.

Willswim
1 month ago

What’s the name of this meet on Meet Mobile? It’s so frustrating how the search function on that app is basically useless if you don’t have the exact name.

Coach Mike
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

I don’t think it’s on Meet Mobile. Have to pull results from the link in the article (Omega’s site)

Willswim
Reply to  Coach Mike
1 month ago

Well that explains why I can’t find it lol. Thanks.

Miss M
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

2021 Australian Swimming Trials

– it’s there!

Troyy
Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

Wrong article.

osd
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

Generally, The best way to find a meet on meet mobile is to search on the city where the meet is being held. That is always in there, and it is pretty rare to get it wrong, not 100%, but maybe 98% good.
I realize this meet is not on meet mobile

Troyy
Reply to  osd
1 month ago

This is the way …